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Domain name conflict.

Need help badly.



4:28 pm on Apr 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Please forgive me if this topic has been covered, I have just joined today and am pretty desperate, you will see I am new to web site building.

I purchased a domain name and buisness package from Lycos (UK)and through my own fault found out later that the name is almost identical to another site, the only difference is I have seperated the the two names in the title with a hyphen.

I emailed Lycos to ask is it possible for me to buy another domain name and use it with the package I had already bought, thier reply was;

(One thing you could do is to buy another domain name and redirect it to the other domain name/package. But then your old address will appear in the url field after the redirection)

Could anyone explain what this means, will I have to name the site with two names?

If anyone could help I would really appreciate it, I am a Photographer and have put quite a bit of work in so far and cannot really afford to buy another complete package.
Thanks in advance for any help and suggestions


5:02 pm on Apr 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

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> (One thing you could do is to buy another domain name and redirect it to the other domain name/package. But then your old address will appear in the url field after the redirection)

This is not necessarily true. Under certain circumstances, YOU decide whether to show the old or new domain in the users' browsers' address bar.

If you are hosted on an Apache server, search here for "domain 301 redirect". If on IIS, search for "IIS 301 redirect".

One option you have is to purchase a hosting account which gives you either Apache with mod_alias or mod_rewrite supported, or IIS with a control panel that supports URL redirection. You may already have one of these options - ask your host. If you already have these options, or buy a new hosting package that includes them, then your problem is very minor and easy to fix.

You simply point both domain names to the account, then redirect any incoming request which is using the old domain name to a URL using the new domain name. You won't lose any current links or bookmark users, and you can begin to re-brand your Web site to differentiate it from your like-named competitor.

Once you get into it, there is plenty of support here to help you out with the details.



8:14 am on Apr 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Thank you Jim for trying to help,
I said I was new to this!

I know from what they have told me, that I can buy another name and redirect, but that's the part I am stuck on, I have been searching for any articles on how to do this, the server does not offer web site building support.

What you have told me sounds promising and I am not at the stage where I have to worry about losing links or bookmarks et, because I have only got to the stage of putting up the index page with pictures, text, et, so nobody is actually aware of the site yet although it is on line, I just need to sort out the name conflict before I can go any further.

Just to try and briefly explain;
My site is now called , for examle;
www.something-example.com and I want to rename it to something else example.com
I just want to exchange one name for another but apparently cannot do this without this redirection process, I appreciate your trying to help, but I still cannot fathom how this is done, I am afraid I don't understand the part about pointing both names to the browser et.

Once again , many thanks, I will just have to keep searching.

[edited by: engine at 8:46 am (utc) on April 3, 2003]
[edit reason] generalised domains examples [/edit]


8:43 am on Apr 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I bet that they're just misunderstanding your request. Tell them that you want to change domains, not point a second domain. If they can't do that then you need a new host. It's as simple as that.


9:08 am on Apr 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Thanks a lot.
Have just sent third request using the term "change" but I think you may be right.


11:57 pm on Apr 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

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if they cannot let you swop the domain names over then they deserve to be shot and you should get a new host


7:13 am on Apr 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

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As I have already mentioned I am pretty new to trying to put a site together but I wrote to them again saying I would be willing to pay any extra costs involved just to buy another name and change from the old name, I would have thought they could handle that, but I got another reply saying absolutely not.
I can't see the big problem but I am now having to go somewhere else and buy another hosting package and am stuck with a site that is useless to me, I know it was my mistake and I suppose you live and learn and I would definuitely not recommend Lycos UK to any beginners out there.
Thanks again.


5:01 pm on Apr 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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why on earth are you using Lycos to register and manage domain names?

go to godaddy.com and you can manage your domain names anyway you want


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